Year one of our program consists of an intensive research opportunity. Each fellow will participate in a collaborative team comprised of professionals dedicated to the promotion of information and education in the field of interventional cardiology. An active animal lab with dedicated angiographic facilities comprise one segment of the program. Each year, over sixty manuscripts are published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.
A rigorous, clinical training program at the dedicated cath labs of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute takes place in the second year. Serving as the primary training facilities, current volumes at the twelve cardiac cath labs exceed 10,000 cases annually, and interventional procedures reach nearly 3,000 cases each year. The labs include three hybrid procedure rooms for more advanced procedures, such as structural heart disease, TAVR and mitral valve. Complex peripheral procedures managed in the cath lab include thoracic and abdominal aortic procedures, as well as a variety of lower extremity procedures, including limb salvage. Facilities are staffed around-the-clock, and accept a large volume of transfers from the surrounding Washington, D.C., area via four helicopters and 10 ground units.
Training and supervised clinical experience is provided through the evaluation and care of patients with a variety of conditions including, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathy, pericardial disease, peripheral arterial disease, adult congenital heart disease, advanced ventricular support, aortic disease, and post-transplant care.
Fellows will participate in a research outpatient clinic, as well as a general peripheral and interventional clinic as defined by ACGME.
An International Interventional Program is available to one or two fellows each year. These fully-trained fellows have a variety of backgrounds and come to MedStar Washington to participate in additional research. They are integrally involved with the first-year fellows' research programs.